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Old 19 July 2004, 06:28   #1
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Taking a RIB on the Thames?

Looking for a slipway on the Thames, prefer the north bank and east of Tower bridge. Also do I need a day licence or anything to pay etc.
Any recomendations on places to stop for a coffee.
Anything else I should know or do?
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Old 19 July 2004, 06:30   #2
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If you do a search on 'Thames' you'll find quite a few previous threads which should answer most of your questions. HTH

Here's a few to start you off:

RIBs on Rivers & Canals?
Tidal Thames Slip ways
Launching on the Thames
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Try looking at John Kennett's other site too (although I think he's planning to update it so not sure how accurate it is at the mo!!)

http://www.thames-tideway.co.uk
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Hi a great day out lots to see no speed restriction east of Wandsworth bridge (but have to be sensible if you do not want your Collier felt!)
nothing to pay, have you had a look at www.boatlaunch.co.uk
Do keep a very god look out for floating debry & do not try & get too close to things like the Houses of Parliament!
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Looking for a slipway on the Thames, prefer the north bank and east of Tower bridge. Also do I need a day licence or anything to pay etc.
Any recomendations on places to stop for a coffee.
Anything else I should know or do?
lost count of how many times i have been out on the thames i use the river as
my local ground as i live in greenwich.the slip i use is poplar as its not to far
for me and its all state access. if you would like to join me i will be out on sunday morning i have been up as far as as battersea and down river as far
as gravesend the thamesbarrer looks good from the water and lots to sea up river watch out for the tide passed canary wharf to tower bridge it get very
lumpy

you are quite welcome sunday i will try to get some of the sub 5m out

this is me some time ago

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Old 19 July 2004, 10:01   #6
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Cheers Daniel that's a nice offer, I'll let you know if I can make it later in the week.
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Old 19 July 2004, 10:10   #7
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Just to reiterate Nick's comments, keep a wary eye out for those railway sleepers - hit one of them at speed and you'll soon be changing your name to 'Wet & Slimey Fart'.
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Hello Tight Fart,

I'm keeping my Rib on the Thames this season, mooring it between Putney and Wandsworth bridges.
You will have seen the threads about where to launch, and I also echo the warning about debris. There's quite a bit, so watch out for plastic bags and carry a breadknife in case you pick up a bit of rope. No real problems though, and with no speed limit and being careful of other river users it can be a lot of fun being on the plane through Central London. There is a nice stretch by Battersea Park where you can really open it up, I've done 50 knots there when there's been no other river traffic.

Good places to stop for lunch or drinks are the waiting pontoon at St. Katherines Dock by Tower Bridge, the waiting pier at Chelsea Harbour, Cadagon Pier (for pubs in Chelsea), Putney Pier, The Dove Pier (Hammersmith), Chiswick Pier next to an excellent bar/restaurant called Pissaros, and then there anre numerous places as you dfift on towards Richmond.

I was originally going to take the Rib back to the Solent for the Summer, but I've really enjoyed Thames ribbing, and cruising through the centre of London on a warm summer evening is quite hard to beat.

Have fun, and let me know if you want company.
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